A pair of bills passed today by the House would crack down on those who use the internet to promote human trafficking and would help school personnel better recognize and prevent commercial sexual abuse and exploitation of minors.
SB 5488 would impose an additional $5,000 fine on top of existing penalties in cases where an internet advertisement that described or depicted the victim is shown to have been instrumental in facilitating commercial sexual abuse of a minor, promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, or promoting travel for commercial sexual abuse of a minor. The $5,000 penalty would be dedicated to the state’s prostitution prevention and intervention account.
SB 5563, meanwhile, would require that new teachers receive training on how to recognize and prevent commercial sexual abuse and exploitation of minors.
You can read more about the bills here.